BIFED 2018 – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY
Andrea Culkova is a film director, creative artist, pedagogue and mother of three. She received a degree in art education from Prague’s Charles University and later in documentary direction from the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Her feature film ‘Sugar Blues’ had its international premiere at CPHOX in 2014 and was screened at numerous festivals and sold worldwide. The meta-art project ‘H*Art On’ was made in cooperation with the National Gallery in Prague and the Dok.Incubator Workshop 2015, and premiered at Dok Leipzig 2016 – Next Masters competition.Andrea Culkova’s background in fine arts is evident in the original style she brings to her audiovisual work and the unique interpretation she finds in each of her projects. She is currently working on a feature cross-genre doc/fiction film ‘Testosterone Story’ with the support of HBO. Until recently, Andrea was only producing her own films. Since joining Duracfilm in 2018 as a shareholder and producer, she is scouting for new talents and international projects seeking co-production partners.
Erdal Buldun was born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1964. He moved to Germany in 1980. After studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, he worked in the video graphics department of ARRI TV in Munich. He has produced several shorts, as well as features on cultural topics and documentaries. His photographic work has been published by many magazines. In 2011, Buldun published bis photo book “Colours of Memory”.
Heidi Gronauer is director of ZeLIG school for documentary, television and new Media since 1990. She is head of project of the European training project for makers of social-awareness documentaries and cross-media projects, known as ESoDoc – European Social Documentary and the Media-Mundus/International projects ZeLIG realized in India and Africa (LINCT; ESoDoc INDIA; ESoDoc International).
She has worked in Italy since 1987, when she collaborated with Trento Cinema International Encounters with Music for Cinema, created and programmed theater series and cultural exchanges between Germany and Italy, including concept of Adventure in Europe–City of Berlin Project, Pirati Teatrali and concept of the school theater series “Teatrando … in lingua straniera.”
She is co-founder of the Italian documentary association doc-it, is member of the selection committee of the Trento Filmfestival, the commission of experts of the South Tyrolean Filmfund IDM and of the EFA (European Filmacademy). She has co-directed the Italian Doc Screenings/IDS Academy since 2014. She has two sons and lives between Berlin and Trento.
Suzana Amado has been a producer for television and cinema for more than 30 years. She started her career as a producer at TV Educativa in Rio de Janeiro (Public Television – broadcast), then co-directed the Distribution Dept. of Embrafilme (State owned Company for Brazilian Films). Later, she worked for Columbia Pictures and ArtFilms as Marketing Manager. Since 1997 she is a partner at Amado Arte & Produção. Beside annually organizing the Filmambiente festival, she keeps producing for cinema and television.
Born in 1965 in Turkey, Ümit Ünal is the scriptwriter for eight feature films including Teyzem (My Aunt) (1986), Hayallerim, Askim ve Sen (My Dreams, My Love and You) (1987).
His first feature film as a director is 9 (Dokuz, 2001) which won many awards in various film festivals and was the Official Turkish Entry for the 2003 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
He wrote and directed eight feature films including Istanbul Tales (Anlat İstanbul, 2004), Ara (2007), Shadowless (Gölgesizler, 2008). The Voice (Ses, 2010), The Pomegranate (Nar, 2011)., Serial Cook (Sofra Sırları, 2018).
He has published five books: A collection of short stories, three novels and an autobiography.
Akgun Ilhan holds a BSc degree in Landscape Architecture from Ankara University. She completed her MA in Curriculum & Instruction in Hacettepe University and MSc in International Environmental Science in Lund University in Sweden. She did an internship in the Water Division of UNESCO where she carried out an international research on public participation to river basin management. She completed her PhD in Political Ecology at the Institute of Science and Technology in Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She also worked as a research associate, under the supervision of Joan David Tàbara, in the European Union funded project called “Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment”. She worked for the Right to Water Campaign in Turkey. She gives lectures in Boğaziçi University. Akgun Ilhan is the author of the book Towards a New Water Policy: Water Management, Alternatives and Recommendations. She is also the producer of a radio programme called “Sudan Gelen” on Açık Radyo.
Zafer Topaloglu is an artist and lecturer based in İstanbul, Turkey. He holds a B.A in Film-Tv from Istanbul Bilgi University, and an MDes in Media Design from the Piet Zwart Institute. His video works have been screened at numerous international experimental film, video art, contemporary art festivals and galleries such as European Media Arts Festival, Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival, ARTPlacc Contemporary Art Festival, India Art Fair, Art Bengaluru, Demolden Video Project, Screen Festival Barcelona, Instants Video Arts Festival, Videoformes, DokumentART, Superfilme, Alma Martha Project, Videomedeja Video Art Festival, Room Art Fair, The Joinery Gallery and Tent Gallery among others.
A cinephile from Ragusa, Raffaella is among the founders of Fitzcarraldo Cineclub -the only place that shows independent films in her hometown. Since 2001, Fitzcarraldo Cineclub has screened around 600 films, short films, documentaries and has organised movie related events (www.fitzcarraldo.org).
In 2016, Raffaella decided to run her own private cinema in her villa, during the summer season. She just painted a white wall, put 30 seats and started screening movies at Cinemino Polifemo. Cinemino Polifemo finally had an official season in 2018, thanks to the collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna and Cinema Ritrovato, a film restoration and distribution project.
In 2012, she took part in a trekking with donkeys from Forlì to Venice to join the international conference on degrowth in Venice. Raffaella kept a blog of the journey (decrescendodasud.wordpress.com) and made some interviews for a short film about slow living and degrowth.
Raffaella currently lives by the sea, where she hosts travellers and tourists in her villa.